We will be doing our final practice runs today, to getting ready to start giving cart rides Sat. the 23rd. Rides will most likely be done by noon because of the warmer temps. We will be shutting down for the day when the temps start to get above 62 degrees, depending also upon the humidity.
Prices for the approx. 20 to 25 minute rides will be $20 per person. If you have a group of 10 or more, then kids (10yrs and younger and less than 100 pounds), will be reduced to $15. There is and extra charge of $5 for anyone over 200 pounds. Rides start by 8am. I believe we can be ready to do a ride about every 45 minutes to an hour, depending upon how many dogs need to be replaced by a fresher dogs. One adult and two kids or two midsized adults can go at one time. We are working out on how much we can haul with how many dogs. We will be perfecting the logistics for a while, so please be patient so we can over time offer the best sled dog powered cart ride on the West Coast. As far as I know Dogsled Express will have the only solely, dog powered (some use golf carts with engines) cart ride on the whole West Coast. Which means we will be using large teams of 12 to 14 dogs on each ride!
Our location is only 5 minutes from the downtown intersection of the City of Mount Shasta! Just follow the Everett Memorial Highway and go past the High School just over 1 mile. We are located on the left side of the road by the big trailer and dogsled ride signs. You can’t miss it.
Reservations can be made by going to our Make Reservations Page on our website. Just follow directions and please fill in the # of people interested and their weights. No deposit is needed for cart rides. Spontaneous rides are encouraged, so it is first come first served although reservations are priority. If you are late for your reservation and there are folks there ready to go, we will not wait on the reservation people. The reservation group will have to wait for the next available time slot.
Dogsled Express doesn’t provide helmets for riders so if you feel for you or your children then feel free to bring your own. Our insurance does not require passengers to wear a helmet or D/E to provide helmets. All passengers are required to sign a Hazardous Release Form. Parents and guardians must sign this form for minors. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.
WE ARE SO EXCITED. We have the cart. We have the USFS Special Use Permit, today we are getting our insurance. We plan on being in operation this coming Saturday. More details coming later today. Good morning weather predicted Sat. Sunday and Memorial Day.
Dogsled Express is now in process of obtaining an additional USFS Special Use Permit for Cart Rides only minutes from downtown Mount Shasta City. Our cart is being built this coming April and we will be shooting for late spring cart rides and full time cart rides coming this fall. Our cart will have a full back seat and captains seat up front. More info coming after we get the cart and we have more details.
Thank you so much for all the great tours we were able to put out during the last Holidays. It is such a shame to have so much business on the books and to have to call them back to tell them that all our expected snow came in the form of rains. NOAA is actually already calling for normal winter weather for 2015-2016. Normal temperatures and normal moisture. Wow….wouldn’t that be great. All gift certificates are good for three years after purchased. Also we will be staring cart rides during 2015 so if you want to use your gift certificate for that we will work out a comparable offer of 12 short rides for a winter tour trade. Anyone who mistakenly paid in full for a tour instead of a deposit can be refunded upon request or we will hold your $ over until the following winter so we can fulfill your desire to go on a winter tour with us. Thank you so much and keep watch for more info on our upcoming cart rides. Thank You….Pat
I would like to say winter update, but I don’t know if we can call this winter. The unseasonably warm weather has us (myself and the dogs) in a state. The weather really doesn’t show much potential for snow up to Feb.10th and 11th. There is some moisture coming in before that but if we get the warmth that they are calling for, it will probably be in the form of rain. If you have a reservation between now and then you may be getting a call from me notifying you of cancellation. We may get a dumping on the 10th and 11th if the predicted temps hold.
With the crazy weather we are having of late, Dogsled Express is preparing to go with the flow and we have ordered the building of our new dryland sled dog cart. Hopefully it will be ready by this April and we are in process with the USFS to get our Dryland Special Use Permits. We will then be able to operate all spring and fall and maybe even into the summer, giving small and large groups short 2 mile rides, for $15 per person. The cart will be perfect for Birthday parties, Church Groups, Family Reunions, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Mushing Classes, and alike. Keep an eye on our website for more cart, sled dog rides info as we get near operation. Here is a peek at the unit we will be getting. Ours will have a bench seat in the back where the seat is shown and an extended front end for a seat like the one show, in front of the bench seat. Could take two adults and two small children at one time. Rides will be by reservations and spontaneous drive ups. Dates of operation and locations will be posted on this website. Looking forward to our new addition and hope it helps us stay in business for years to come for both winter and summer tours.
This certainly is a strange weather pattern for the Mount Shasta area. We are hoping that the weather near the end of this month and the first week of Feb. will be a little cooler than predicted and we can get the snow we need to get back into operation. It seems that we are having one of those late arrival for winter conditions. By mid Feb there is actually real winter conditions coming in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been years but we have had winters like this in the past where the winter weather comes in a month or more later in the season. From mid Feb., all the way at least through the end of Feb, Accuweather is showing winter weather conditions. So don’t give up on this winter season just yet. About six years ago we had 10ft’ of snow in March and a week later another 10 feet. We ran tours all the way through April! So lets keep our fingers crossed and hope they have it right. This could be some of the best spring conditions we have had in a long time. Please keep an eye on our blogs and we will keep you updated on predicted snow storms and when we feel we may be back open to serve you with an adventure of a lifetime.
Do to ice and an extremely fast trail conditions Dogsled Express has shut down tours until our next measurable snows, which are predicted for mid-Jan. We here at Dogsled Express will never put your safety below the almighty dollar. Sure we like the business but the idea of either you, myself or our dogs getting hurt while on an extreme trail for the $ is not what this company is about. We are taking reservation for the rest of the season because there is strong evidence that there is colder weather with moisture coming in with it, which in turn means we should have excellent, fun, and safe trails in our near future. Hope to hear from you for an experience of a lifetime with Dogsled Express Tours.
The shortened trail (down from 8.3 miles to 5.2 miles) is in wonderful condition. prices have been reduced accordingly. These cold days have been great for our trail and I believe that they will hold up until Jan. 6th, when we are suppose to receive our next real snow accumulation. We do have openings between now and then. Check out our calendar to see what times have already been booked and what dates and times are still available. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks to USFS we were able to grade of the remaining snow around the bar patches so we can get out to the good trail conditions. The trail is normally 8.3 miles and now is down to 5.1 miles so I have reduced the cost of the tours from $190 for two adults to $150. The great part is that the best and most fun part of the trail is the part that we still have. The trail is fast now due that it is freezing at night now and NOAA is predicting 3 to 5 more inches of snow. The extended parts that you need to drive out on is flat a your kitchen floor so vehicles will have no problem even if we get a couple of inches. I will pack it down with my pickup if needed. After we get a couple of inches more, the trail is going to be fantastic. Once we get a big dumping of snow then we will move the trailhead back to our original location. Hope to hear from you. .Note : please don’t ask for reservations through the comments……fill out the reservation request form to start the reservation process. Thank You.
Thank you everyone for all the interest in dogsled tours. Yes we are currently booked up thru the 29th of Dec. Because of the heavy rains we received a few days ago and the unseasonable warm temps the trail conditions are diminishing. I am hoping that the trail will hold up until this Weds, night when we are suppose to have a hard freeze and a little snow. They are predicting that the snow will be less than an inch, but they have been wrong before. I am looking into a couple of options to see if the first mile (where the poor snow conditions are) I can possibly come up with another plan where we may have the clients drive out to a new start point or ride on a Ranger 4×4 to bypass the first mile and then start. The prices would be reduced accordingly for the shorter ride. If we can’t do that and we don’t get some more snow on Weds. and Sunday then we will have to cancel some tours or reschedule into mid January when we are suppose to get some good snow accumulations. We are very disappointed in the weather but as we all know it is something that we have no control over. Please stay posted and I will update to let everyone know what is happening concerning our trail. Thank you for your understanding and have a wonderful Holiday season. Pat